Slumber expert Roger Wardell staffs each of his Sleep Doctor Mattress Stores with knowledgeable employees who help to match shoppers with surfaces that complement their dozing styles. A full-size basic firm mattress by American Pedic ($219) supports stomach sleepers with memory foam, and Serta's twin-size Dura Pillowsoft ($499) cuddles tired muscles with inner springs and a 6-foot spoon.
Ironton Cottage & Cabin Furniture & Home Décor fills floors with 10 brands of furniture made in America from cedar, pine, aspen, and reclaimed barn wood. Customers can clothe wooden beds ($799–$3,999) and rustically furnished limo backseats in patchwork bedspreads ($150–$350) or stock bedrooms with dressers and nightstands ($499–$3,500). Furnish living areas with sofas ($729–$2,195 each) and other upholstered furniture available in more than 200 different fabrics while, in the kitchen, a wine holder ($29–$89) hugs a bottle of vino as tightly as an epicurean grizzly bear hugs its last pot of artisanal honey.
At Mattress Closeout Center, the staff uses negotiation skills to continuously replenish a diverse inventory of brand-name mattresses—many of them culled from factory overstocks, liquidations, last-year models, and overruns. While grazing through one of the brand-name liquidation center's four locations, guests can sip a cup of complimentary Starbucks coffee or bottle of Coca Cola and research consumer reviews and retail prices on the store's iPad. Mattress Closeout Center also provides exact lists of inventory and pricing online, with a comparison of the store's discount prices beside the normal retail prices. The store's well-established rapport is also backed by myriad testimonials from satisfied sleepers and bounce-happy trampoline enthusiasts.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
Most employees are chastised for sleeping on the job, but for the experts at US-Mattress.com, sleeping might be the job. In fact, the employees are responsible for getting to know the new beds on the market. They then assign each mattress a place on their 10-point comfort scale, which makes for easy customer browsing.
The comfort scale isn't the only tool that buyers can use to filter US-Mattress.com's catalogue. You can sort mattresses by brand to see offerings from Stearns & Foster, Sealy, and Simmons Beautyrest, among others. You might also narrow down the best mattress for your sleeping style, whether you prefer to snooze on your side, on your back, or on a hammock above the bed. There are even specialized mattresses for conditions such as arthritis. And, if you change your mind within 100 days of purchasing a mattress, you can exchange it for another under the company's guarantee.